Morrku mangawu—knowledge on the land: mobilising Yolŋu mathematics from Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land, to reveal the situatedness of all knowledges

Kate Lloyd, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Sarah Wright, Laklak Burarrwanga, Ritjilili Ganambarr, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs, Banbapuy Ganambarr, Djawundil Maymuru

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Abstract

Yolŋu mathematics refers to the complex matrix of patterns, relationships, shapes, motions and rhythms of time and space that underpin the ways that Yolŋu people, Indigenous people of North East Arnhem Land in northern Australia, nourish and are nourished by their environments. Through its fundamental reliance on human and more-than-human connectivity and situatedness, Yolŋu people mobilise the concept of Yolŋu mathematics to challenge Western knowledges, including Western ideas of mathematics and environment. This paper discusses Yolŋu mathematics and the relationships between humans and more-than-humans, which co-produce a world that is living and interconnected, and which reveals all knowledge as situated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-1-61-13
Number of pages13
JournalHumanities
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Yolŋu mathematics
  • North East Arnhem Land
  • co-becoming
  • Indigenous ontologies
  • situated knowledges
  • more-than-human

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